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The ticker: One game does not make a scholarship | USA Today High School Sports

Detroit King football coach Dale Harvel, foreground, congratulates his team after beating Detroit Cass Tech on Sept. 26, 2015.

Detroit King football coach Dale Harvel, foreground, congratulates his team after beating Detroit Cass Tech on Sept. 26, 2015.

One game does not make a scholarship

The most bizarre argument we heard for why the Detroit Public Schools should overrule Alvin Ward’s decision to prohibit King from participating in the PSL championship game after it was involved in an all-out brawl with Cody following its semifinal game? It was going to cost kids a chance at a college scholarship.


Anyone who believes that is delusional.

First, very few college coaches attend high school games during the regular season because they are busy with their own teams. Second, those King players already have eight games worth of film and will have at least one more next week when the state playoffs begin.

No one was going to earn a scholarship based on this one game — and if that thinking played any part in emergency manager’s Darnell Earley’s decision to allow King to play, then he is not qualified to oversee a school district.

Sharp: No lessons learned from Cody-King fight

Hines hopes to rebuild at Mt. Clemens

This was not the way Quentin Hines envisioned his first year of coaching high school football ending.

His Mt. Clemens team will not play tonight against Clintondale, nor did it play last week against Center Line. It also forfeited its Week 2 game against New Haven.

“Truthfully, we were struggling to make it work every week,” said Hines, 25. “We started with a small group to begin with. I had about 25 guys in May, but 10 of them were ineligible. So then I had about 15 guys, and we had a couple guys get hurt early and we went down to 11 the New Haven week.”

Hines recommended ending the winless season after Week 7 when the Bathers had only 11 or 12 healthy players.

“They asked me, and I told them it was unsafe,” he said. “I’ve been playing football for 15 years, and being a part of teams like the New England Patriots, the (University of Cincinnati) Bearcats, even high school teams I was a part of, you have to be able to come to the side, get a drink, catch your breath. No player can play every play in an entire game, and that’s what we were dealing with.”

Mt. Clemens has 248 students, but the roster topped out at 25 before school let out in June and the eligibility list was revealed.

“I’m going to do my best in the off-season to restore some kind of football spirit,” Hines said. “Hey, we had three home games and we didn’t get really any students there. I’ve got to build a team of players and then get to the parents to get them to understand I need their support if their son is going to be productive.”

Hines, a 2008 Mt. Clemens grad who played at Cincinnati and Akron before being signed by New England as an undrafted free agent, said has learned there is a lot more to coaching high school football than he anticipated.

“I had a lot of experience playing, but you’ve really got to understand that every level of football has a different need,” he said. “The high school, you’ve got to nurture these kids. You’ve got to hug them and tell them they’re a good person. You’ve got to be on them for them to understand that academics are important. I’ve got to jump on them like I’m their dads.”

Send us your all-state ballots!

Coaches whose players don’t make the all-state team often claim the selections to be a political process. Nothing could be further from the truth where the Free Press all-state team is concerned. We have mailed all-state ballots to every coach in the state and it is this simple: Fill out the ballot and your best player has a chance.

Coach of the week

The Lions coach of the week is Eddie Ostipow of Grand Rapids Forest Hills Eastern. Last week, Eastern defeated Cedar Springs to improve to 8-0 and claim the school’s first-ever league title. This is Ostipow’s 22nd year in coaching and third at Eastern. He also had been head coach at Charlotte and East Kentwood.

— Mick McCabe

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